Canadian Chamber of Commerce Director of Intellectual Property and Innovation Policy Scott Smith explains why he thinks Statistics Canada’s data-collection efforts may hurt the country’s business relationship with Europe, Global News reports. Smith said Canada is concerned about its adequacy status with the European Union. Statistics Canada’s attempts to collect the financial transaction data of 500,000 citizens, a move that IAPP Canada Managing Director Kris Klein, CIPP/C, CIPM, FIP, discussed in his intro letter last week, could highlight how the public sector is not subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and how that differs from the EU General Data Protection Regulation. “What StatsCanada is doing is basically amplifying that distinction and we’re concerned that that has unintended consequences,” Smith said. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended Stats Canada last week. Meanwhile, Beauceron Security CEO David Shipley calls Statistics Canada's data project "outrageous."
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